His Life and Ours

“So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.”  1 Thessalonians 2:8

I find it impossible to share the gospel without giving of my own self as well.

Lord, thank You for intertwining our lives with Yours, so that Your story is our glory and we are one.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Intertwined

source – realhomilies.wordpress.com

Each time we tell
the Gospel story
and make Jesus
name be known
how He gave up
His life to save us
we can’t help but
lay down our own.

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20 Comments

  1. “Intertwined”–that’s SO Perfect, Sis Deb! When I think that Jesus and I are intertwined, I feel so much stronger–like super-Caddo. He’s the Best, the rest is gravy!! Now I’m getting silly and need to go to bed. God bless you abundantly, and with His Healing touch–just a Breath, just a Word, be it done, Lord, in Your Name. Love you–sis Caddo

  2. Deb,

    You made a really good point… If we share the gospel in a Scriptural way it involves giving of ourselves. We must not only verbally share the gospel, but also live our lives for Him. In other words, we must back up what we say with our actions. Thats where much of the sacrifice takes place… being willing to live for Him in the midst of a world that rejects Christ and His followers as well.

    Lord bless.

  3. This is profound, Debbie.
    I think (we) Christians often put ‘evangelism’ into a neat little box… yet I believe with you that Christ really desires we be ‘real’ and labour for our friends, not in a duty-bound, forced way, but with all our hearts, as he did.
    Also love the concept of our lives and purposes being intertwined with His. Just beautiful!

  4. so very true Debbie. the excitement we carry flows out of us when we have a chance to share with others what we have and know

  5. it’s a great story and every time we tell it, it brings something new on the inside of me.

  6. Thank you, dearest Deb 🙂

    “Lord, thank You for intertwining our lives with Yours, so that Your story is our glory and we are one. ”
    This morning I spent some time trying to pull weeds from the garden. Took some time to remove the ones that were intimately intertwined with the legit plants. I gave up and came inside to your lovely post!! Being intertwined is not always a bad thing 😉

    You have such a way with words!

    Blessings,
    ann

  7. “…Each time we tell
    the Gospel story…”

    At the age of twelve years, I rejected the gospel at a Bible camp evangelistic bonfire night. No one spoke to me again about Jesus for the next twenty-seven years as I wandered into agnosticism. The two gospel messages which I saw or heard in that time period were a man holding a sign saying, “John 3:16,” and a song by Peter, Paul, and Mary.

    “…we can’t help but
    lay down our own…”

    As I told a young man this morning, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we Christians were so different and so filled with love for each other that our lives would reveal the gospel story to the world around us. It did for the early church.

    GREAT poem. Don’t wear heavy army boots today, okay?

  8. God bless you, Sis Caddo, as you and He work through your day, together, as one! love you and thank you for your prayers! 🙂

  9. Thank you for showing us where the sacrifice comes in, “being willing to live for Him in the midst of a world that rejects Christ and His followers”. God bless you, Pastor Rob, as you lay down your life so others might know His love.

  10. Oh I really like how you put it, Ali! “labour for our friends. . .with all our hearts, as He did.” God bless you as you are real for Jesus today!

  11. Yes, Angel Terry! That is it . . .we can’t NOT give of ourselves when we know Him and all He has given us. We’d burst. 🙂 God bless you as you lay down your life each day. Although not everyone will say something to you, let you know, you are sharing the gospel in a precious way.

  12. That is so wonderful and true, dear Desiray. I love this and how you describe it! God bless you as He keeps the gospel alive and new in you!

  13. I’m smiling, sweet Ann full of grace and song! That’s right . . .we don’t ever want to be pulled away from Jesus!! I’m watering the neighbors garden for them while they are away . ..and wondered about some of the things coming up . .. but thought I’ll just wait for them to get back and decide what shouldn’t be intertwining in there! haha!
    God bless you and your heart that beats for Him, and with His heart, together forever. love and prayers for your weekend!

  14. I want that for our lives too, Mr. Larry . .. to reveal the gospel story. What a great thing for us to pray for . . thank you! I’m so thankful that He revealed Himself to you , just in time. God bless you as you tell the story with your own life today.
    p.s. maybe if I’d had those army boots on yesterday, this wouldn’t have happened! 🙂

  15. “we can’t help but lay down our own” – that hits the nail on the head, Deb, and is really the whole point of being a Christian. “We are NOT our own, for we are bought with a price”

    When self is truly crucified with Christ, it is Christ who will be seen in us – not ourselves – and HE will draw people to Himself.

  16. Oh mentor Angela . . .God bless you. You get to the point, to the middle of things . .. why it is that we have to lay down our lives. Our lives are not our own. And though I say “have to” . .. it really isn’t something that I think we find difficult or hard to do , not when we are busy loving Jesus and others. It just happens, thanks to Him. God bless you as He draws people to Himself through you, dear one!!! love and prayers!

  17. Dearest Deb –
    When I was in high school, our youth group did some street corner evangelism once. I can’t remember all the details, but I remember feeling both self-conscious and a little superior at the same time.
    I clearly didn’t share any of myself – I shared the Good News (or tried to a couple of times) more like a nice short rehearsed speech – which it was.
    You are so right. We can’t separate ourselves from the Gospel once we realized just how good the Good News is!
    love and grace to you and Aub,
    Debbie
    Sorry, I’ve been out of touch – but always praying.

  18. Gracious FF . .. I’ve sent out anonymous letters before, sharing the gospel . . .how removed was that! haha! Oh my, so thankful for His forgiveness and the opportunity to grow in love for Him and others. Thank you for your precious prayers! I will send you an update on how He answered them soon! 🙂 God bless you as you stay inseperable from Jesus!! love to you and praying for you too!

  19. Amen! Great post, Deb.
    God Bless you as you share away!

  20. God bless you, too, our Lady D, who can share the gospel through photos . . how amazing is that!


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